Kingston is a 114-year-old woolgrowing farm and conservationist enterprise located in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania, southeast of Launceston. The property is of important biological value to Australia, home to 8% of Tasmania’s indigenous grasslands and at least 12 threatened and near-threatened plant species and animals, including breeding wedge-tailed eagles, platypus, kangaroos and Eastern and Spotted-tailed quolls.
Farmer Simon Cameron
Simon Cameron is a sixth-generation farmer and conservationist. He is considered an elite in terms of Australian woolgrowing, having won many awards over the years. However, Simon sees his role at Kingston as that of a custodian. “I see looking after Kingston as primarily biodiversity conservation,” he says. “Kingston is a special place. It gets into your soul and the more you try to understand it, the more you realise how little you know about it. For me, the Kingston dream is about producing the best wool on the best managed native land.”
Purity & Ethics
Kingston farmer Simon Cameron uses ethical and sustainable on-farm strategies to produce an award-winning fibre that is soft, clean, bright and elastic — arguably the purest merino wool in the world. Kingston sheep are non-mulesed and enjoy what the Camerons call ‘four freedoms’: freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition; freedom from discomfort, pain, injury and disease; freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour; freedom from fear and distress.
Kingston has a covenant prohibiting fertiliser use, bans cutting of timber and restricts grazing to a maximum of 1.3 sheep/ha. A percentage of every Kingston suit sale is returned to Simon Cameron to be reinvested into projects that help maintain the landscape, natural values and enhance biodiversity. Current projects include river soil erosion mitigation and the revegetation of hilltops.
M.J. Bale purchases up to 50% of the Kingston wool clip. The wool is woven into Super 120s and Super 150s worsted suiting fabric for M.J. Bale by 356-year-old Gold Woolmark weaver, Vitale Barberis Canonico. Run by the 15th generation of the same family, Vitale Barberis Canonico is situated in Biella, within the Italian Alps, and maintains strict adherence to eco-friendly policies – in particular, water use and the revitalisation of the natural environment.
M.J. Bale’s ‘Samurai’ Kingston Collection suits are created in our tailoring atelier located in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. The Samurai suits feature a high degree of hand craftsmanship, including hand-sewn arm holes and collars.